Quiz about British Leyland Cars of the 70s  80s
Quiz about British Leyland Cars of the 70s  80s

British Leyland Cars of the 70s & 80s Quiz


Possibly the most quirky, unstylish and forgettable period of carmaking in the history of the world. I grew up with these cars on the road and learned to drive in one. Happy Days.

A multiple-choice quiz by Plumbus. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Plumbus
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
193,051
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
15
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
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1. This family hatchback was a successor to the classic Austin 1300 but the main thing anyone remembers about it was its 'square' steering wheel and an unfortunate advertising campaign that claimed it had 'Vroom'. Hint

Escort
Marina
Allegro
Viva

2. Austin's contribution to the luxury car market was to take a standard saloon or hatch, put in leather seats and a wooden fascia and slap a fancy grill on the front. What were all these conversions called? Hint

Deluxe
Ghia
Vanden Plas
Special Edition

3. Which of these was not a British Leyland company? Hint

Hillman
Austin
Morris
Triumph

4. Rover broke with its tradition in the late 70s when it introduced a hatchback-style executive car. What was it? Hint

P 3500
SD
800
75

5. By the early 80s, the world-famous MG marque had been reduced to a series of re-badged, souped up standard saloons. Which of these cars did not receive the MG treatment? Hint

Marina
Maestro
Metro
Montego

6. The Maxi was a 'stretched' version of the Mini.

True
False

7. Unofficially (and unkindly) known in the industry as 'The Flying Turd', which car was re-vamped and re-introduced in the early 80s as the Ambassador? Hint

Herald
Avenger
Marina
Princess

8. BL sought the help of Italian designers to re-vamp its range of products. Which 'tired' saloon was re-introduced as the Ital in the early 80s? Hint

Mini
Allegro
Marina
Dolomite

9. The Dolomite was respected as a worthy upholder of Triumph's sporty image. A smaller version of the Dolomite was designed to succeed the classic Herald series but it failed to find the same niche. It was beloved of driving schools, though, and I learned to drive in one. What was it? Hint

Toledo
GT6
Vitesse
Acclaim

10. In the early 80s BL formed a partnership with the Japanese company Honda and embarked on a series of joint ventures. What was the first product of this partnership? Hint

Austin Maestro
Morris Ital
Triumph Acclaim
Austin Ambassador

11. Billed as the car that would rescue British Leyland, this modern hatchback was a great success and caused almost as much of a stir in the small car market as the Mini did twenty years earlier. What was its name? Hint

Austin Maestro
Austin Metro
Austin Montego
Austin Ambassador

12. Rover was another BL company to benefit from BL's partnership with Honda with the introduction of the successful 200 series. What was the name of its Honda equivalent? Hint

Civic
Jazz
Accord
Concerto

13. The MG B Roadster and B GT models were phased out in the early 80s. The last ones were sold as special editions only available in a distinctive bronze or silver livery.

True
False

14. This Triumph sports car was named after a famous British fighter aircraft of WW2. What was it? Hint

Hurricane
Tempest
Typhoon
Spitfire

15. The MG B Roadster shared the same powerplant with the Morris Marina.

True
False


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This family hatchback was a successor to the classic Austin 1300 but the main thing anyone remembers about it was its 'square' steering wheel and an unfortunate advertising campaign that claimed it had 'Vroom'.

Answer: Allegro

The Allegro looked unfortunately tubby and rounded, which was in sharp contrast to its more angular predecessor. It is regarded today with some affection, I believe, and there is an owners' club.
2. Austin's contribution to the luxury car market was to take a standard saloon or hatch, put in leather seats and a wooden fascia and slap a fancy grill on the front. What were all these conversions called?

Answer: Vanden Plas

The Vanden Plas versions of standard Austin cars were aimed at 'retired executives' who were downsizing as part of adjusting their lifestyles.
3. Which of these was not a British Leyland company?

Answer: Hillman

Hillman was part of the Rootes Group, which was eventually bought by the American Chrysler company. Lee Iacocca (Chrysler President at the time) realised soon after that he'd made a mistake and that the company was 'dead on its feet'!
4. Rover broke with its tradition in the late 70s when it introduced a hatchback-style executive car. What was it?

Answer: SD

The SD is regarded today as a minor classic. For a 70s British car it looked quite stylish at the time as well.
5. By the early 80s, the world-famous MG marque had been reduced to a series of re-badged, souped up standard saloons. Which of these cars did not receive the MG treatment?

Answer: Marina

The Marina was part of an earlier series of Morris motors. MG badging was only applied to Austin cars.
6. The Maxi was a 'stretched' version of the Mini.

Answer: False

The Austin Maxi was a large family hatchback that was one of the more successful BL products. Conservatively styled but roomy and reliable, it sold well.
7. Unofficially (and unkindly) known in the industry as 'The Flying Turd', which car was re-vamped and re-introduced in the early 80s as the Ambassador?

Answer: Princess

The Austin Princess was that company's flagship model. It was wedge-shaped and relatively modern to look at.
8. BL sought the help of Italian designers to re-vamp its range of products. Which 'tired' saloon was re-introduced as the Ital in the early 80s?

Answer: Marina

A sharper rear with large light clusters and a re-designed, modern grill were not enough. Customers weren't fooled; they could see that the much-heralded Morris Ital was a Marina underneath.
9. The Dolomite was respected as a worthy upholder of Triumph's sporty image. A smaller version of the Dolomite was designed to succeed the classic Herald series but it failed to find the same niche. It was beloved of driving schools, though, and I learned to drive in one. What was it?

Answer: Toledo

The Triumph Toledo looked at first glance like a slightly smaller Dolomite but it was a much tamer and staid beast.
10. In the early 80s BL formed a partnership with the Japanese company Honda and embarked on a series of joint ventures. What was the first product of this partnership?

Answer: Triumph Acclaim

The Acclaim was quite successful. Underpinned by Honda engineering, it was respected for its reliability - rare for a British car.
11. Billed as the car that would rescue British Leyland, this modern hatchback was a great success and caused almost as much of a stir in the small car market as the Mini did twenty years earlier. What was its name?

Answer: Austin Metro

The Metro re-drew the rules for small hatchbacks and influenced lots of other designs for this type of car.
12. Rover was another BL company to benefit from BL's partnership with Honda with the introduction of the successful 200 series. What was the name of its Honda equivalent?

Answer: Concerto

The Honda Concerto was not as successful as the Rover 213/216. It looked the same apart from its trim and interior details. It was Rover's 'wood-effect' dashboard fascia that did the trick!
13. The MG B Roadster and B GT models were phased out in the early 80s. The last ones were sold as special editions only available in a distinctive bronze or silver livery.

Answer: True

The last MG B's were in bronze; the BGT's were in silver.
14. This Triumph sports car was named after a famous British fighter aircraft of WW2. What was it?

Answer: Spitfire

The Triumph Spitfire was a typical British sports car of the period. It was designed and introduced in the early 60s but was kept going for far too long with few modifications. On a personal note, I had one and it was the worst car I've ever owned.
15. The MG B Roadster shared the same powerplant with the Morris Marina.

Answer: True

Worryingly true I'm afraid. The Marina 1800 GT had the same engine as the MG B/BGT series. The MG version was tuned differently, though.
Source: Author Plumbus

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